Sokoto, Zamfara And WAEC
The news is all over the country that Sokoto and Zamfara are not presenting candidates in the WAEC exams this year. Sokoto says it is because WAEC did not provide the Tax Identification Number (TIN) for it to process payments and it will not do so unless this is done.
Zamfara, apparently, is indebted to WAEC for 3 consecutive years.
Sokoto, yes, the same Sokoto whose Governor (Tambuwal) wants to be President next year; and the same Zamfara whose Governor dashed out 260 luxury cars to traditional rulers in the state, is also heavily indebted to WAEC.
I don’t care for the administrative bottlenecks that Sokoto claims. All I know is that this news, the failure to invest in education, explains many things.
Here’s 5 of them –
- 6 decades after Independence, we still have “Educationally Disadvantaged States”. Sokoto and Zamfara are there. They must be relishing the advantages that this “disadvantage” confers on them for, clearly, they have no desire to ever get off the list.
- The low to zero education that their citizens get makes them easy prey for preachers of hate and intolerance, leading to the thoughtless murder and destruction of properties of the type that we witnessed in Sokoto a few days ago.
- The lack of education leads to lack of opportunities, which makes it easy for many of the youths to take to banditry, the very scourge of these 2 states and their neighbours in Kaduna, Katsina and Niger. The Devil found work for their idle hands.
- Those who do not take to crime end up as Okada riders in Lagos and other large metropolis, adding to the overburdening of services and increase in crime in these places.
- The population explosion in these states – as kids are churned out without any sense of care or plan by illiterates, dumped in a world where they have increasingly limited chances of ever amounting to much.
The sad thing is that there will be no consequences for this egregious failure. The politicians know their people and know that what matters is building mosques and funding pilgrimages and dashing cars to traditional rulers.
Writing WAEC? That is not important to them!
That’s just nice to have.
The above is yet another reason why we must sit at a table to talk it over on how we want to live and co-exist with fairness and justice (RESTRUCTURING), failing which, every region go their separate ways.
Nigeria today, is in the process of disintegration and can longer afford the misnomer, the injustice, the unfairness, the cheating of other regions by a small section with reckless abandon and impunity that provoke the likes of Biafra and Yoruba Nation. These agitations have come to stay until we break up, unless we talk.
That time to talk has come, the time is now!!!
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